The Washington Redskins faced a tough test on Thursday, taking on the Vikings in Minnesota after going four-plus quarters against the San Diego Chargers just four days before.
Ultimately, the Redskins did not have enough in the tank to win their second game this week, but they did turn in a stellar first half, their best statistically under head coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Just four days after turning in his best statistical performance of the season, Griffin III put together his second-best first half on record, passing for three touchdowns in the first half for the first time since Thanksgiving, 2012.
Here's a look back at an impressive first half for the Redskins in Week 10:
1. Going, Going, Garcon
When the Redskins beat the Chargers, top receiver Pierre Garcon had a career-day, catching seven passes for 172 yards. The only thing he did not do was end up with a pass in the end zone.
That woul need to wait until Thursday, when Garcon got the scoring going for the road team in Minnesota.
He would finish the day with another seven receptions and his first consecutive 100-yard games as a member of the Redskins. In the last four days, Garcon has 291 yards and a touchdown, which is pictured below:
2. Reed-ing The Defense
The age-old draft question is what to do when the best player available greatly exceeds any needs the team may have? The Redskins definitively answered that questions in the 2013 NFL Draft, taking tight end Jordan Reed with the No. 85 overall pick in the face of other glaring needs.
Reed has been a stud this season, out-performing all other rookie tight ends and breaking the Redskins rookie tight end record for receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Although he sits third on the tight end depth chart, he has missed only one game this season (injury) and has developed into one of the team's most reliable threat.
Such was the case on Thursday night, when, facing 3rd-and-goal from the 11-yard line, Robert Griffin III found Reed streaking over the middle of the field with a step on his defender:
3. Calling On The Lumberjack
Three-plus years after joining the team as an undrafted free agent, tight end Logan Paulsen is officially listed as the team's top tight end on the depth chart.
Paulsen is one of the team's more versatile playmakers, bringing the skill of a superior blocking tight end and the underappreciated ability to make the clutch catch.
He made the Vikings pay for that disrespect, running free in the end zone as the clock ticked down on the second quarter. Griffin III had options on the play, but ultimately put his trust in the tight end affectionately known as the lumberjack: